This weekend was a lot of fun. We had as goal to beat 7 million points, which was our best result ever @SM2HWG QTH during the good year of 2003. We were a bit skeptic considering that the solar flux was so low, but man did we crush that result and even broke the Swedish M/S record by SK3W back in 2000. However it will probably not survive the log check, since the margin is too low, still its a result we are very happy about especially considering stuff are far from optimal, especially when it comes to flexibility. We are most proud of our 80 and 40m mults and the very high pts/q average (~2.15) considering how short time 15 was open and practically without 10m, and getting 40 zones on 2 bands was awesome.
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW Call: SJ2W Operator(s): SE2T SM2LIY SM2WMV SM3JLA Station: SJ2W Class: M/S HP QTH: Da Traesk Operating Time (hrs): 47.5 Summary: Band QSOs Zones Countries ------------------------------ 160: 225 20 77 80: 527 34 134 40: 1852 40 155 20: 1842 40 146 15: 558 36 136 10: 38 8 38 ------------------------------ Total: 5042 178 686 Total Score = 9,370,080 Club: Worldwide Young Contesters
WOW! This was really an awesome experience! We had hoped for 7 meg but we were a bit skeptic considering the low solar flux, some kind of wet fantasy would be to reach the current SM M/S record, which is at 8.6 meg by SK3W back in 2000. We did reach it, however we doubt that we have enough marginal to pass it during log check.
The low bands were amazing during the first night, and during daytime we had great openings to JA/US on 40m, which produces great 3 pts runs. On Saturday night we got aurora and K-index 4, but as expected this gave us great US runs on 15/20m which was a blast. However we were really afraid of what to expect of how the bands would be in the rest of the contest. Luckily the bands didn’t suffer that extremely much, even though the following night (Sunday morning) was quite a struggle.
We missed 30 minutes on Sunday morning due to a relay which failed, and SM2WMV was woken up from his beauty sleep (much needed) to walk outside in -20C to bypass the relay box.
9L5VT was an awesome 6-band qso. Also working ZL8X during aurora conditions on 15m during the night, and working them long path on Saturday morning on 80m.
Things at the QTH are yet not optimal, its actually far from. We haven’t got enough flexibility antenna wise (especially 40/20m). We had one radio always on 80m, and two radios which were run/mult depending on situation, but only 160m on one radio which made the result suffer compared to last year.
10m sucked, almost no openings at all except some skew path openings via scatter on Sunday.
Next one is probably CQ 160 CW, cu! Check the webpage for more information about the station and everything that
goes on (updated frequently).